Botanically speaking, Siberian ginseng is not a true ginseng; however, it has similar properties to ginseng. Ginseng: Also known as Panax Ginseng (Asiatic ginseng) and Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng), ginseng may increase energy levels, ease stress and enhances immune function. It is often used in weight loss supplements for the energy benefits and mood calming effects. It may help increase lean body mass, but only in individuals who also use strengthtraining in their weekly regime. People with heart problems should not take ginseng.
According to NCCAM (National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine:
Some studies have shown that Asian ginseng may lower blood glucose. Other studies indicate possible beneficial effects on immune function.
To date, research results on Asian ginseng are not conclusive enough to prove health claims associated with the herb. Only a handful of large clinical trials on Asian ginseng have been conducted. Most studies have been small or have had flaws in design and reporting. Some claims for health benefits have been based only on studies conducted in animals.
NCCAM supports studies to better understand the use of Asian ginseng. Areas of recent NCCAM-funded research include Asian ginseng’s interactions with other herbs and drugs and the herb’s potential to treat chronic lung infection, impaired glucose tolerance, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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